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Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sundowner Sailing provided by R. Tucker Thompson

Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sundowner Sailing

Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sundowner Sailing
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Book in advance
from $67.50 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
About
The Bay of Islands is one of the most picturesque spots on the North Island, dotted with lush green islands and white sand beaches. On this tour, experience the bay from the water as you set sail on-board a traditional tall ship. Sip a glass of wine and snack on delicious antipasto as you cruise around the inner bay, watch the sunset over the water, and perhaps even help out sailing the ship.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 50m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 50m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Magnificent views of the Bay of Islands from the water
Sunset tour: experience the bay at its most atmospheric
Light refreshments served on-board as you cruise the bay
Romantic experience on an traditional tall ship
What to expect
Make your way to the Russell wharf to meet your sailing vessel 10 minutes before departure time. If you are staying in Paihia, pick up your round-trip ferry ticket at the Maritime Building in the late afternoon.  Then step aboard the R. Tucker Thompson, an iconic tall ship of the Northland. You'll set sail for the inner Bay of Islands while you help an expert hoist the sails. Once underway you're served a shared antipasto platter. Purchase a drink from the cash bar and marvel at the beauty of a traditionally rigged vessel under sail.  If you're feeling adventurous, there's time to slip into a harness and climb up the rigging. For the more romantically inclined, head out to the bowsprit and create your own memories. Perhaps sip a glass of wine while watching the sunset.  When your 2-hour cruise concludes, you're free to dine in one of the many restaurants in the historical village of Russell and return by ferry to Paihia at your leisure.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3203P4
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Cruise the Inner Bay on board the "R. Tucker Thompson" tall ship • Shared Antipasto Platter • Wet weather gear (if required) • Local taxes
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
1h 50m
Departure details
Bay Of Islands, Northland, New Zealand At the Russell Wharf
Inclusions
Cruise the Inner Bay on board the "R. Tucker Thompson" tall ship • Shared Antipasto Platter • Wet weather gear (if required) • Local taxes
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
Bay Of Islands, Northland, New Zealand At the Russell Wharf
Duration
1h 50m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 47 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Bay Of Islands
    Bay Of Islands, Northland, New Zealand
    At the Russell Wharf
    See address & details
  • 1
    Paihia Harbour
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 2
    R. Tucker Thompson
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Russell
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Bay Of Islands
    Bay Of Islands, Northland, New Zealand
    At the Russell Wharf
    See address & details
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LandC46
Auckland, New Zealand242 contributions
An absolute highlight of our stay
Everything was great! We considered ourselves fortunate that there were only 13 passengers (4 crew) on our two hour Sundowner sail since that perhaps made it more intimate. The best fun was in climbing up the rigging and helping with the sails, encouraged by enthusiastic crew. So nice to be out on the water on such a splendid, beautiful and historic vessel.
Written 1 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Traveler27937026835
Kia ora The Sundowner is a great way to get a taste of what it's like to sail on the Tucker if you don't have a full day. We're thrilled you had so much fun!
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craigyoung2019
30 contributions
Great experience
Dec 2020
Great experience. make sure you take the opportunity to help hoist sails and rigging.
Was a good windy day so we got some good sailing in.
The crew were awesome and engaged with us.
Nibbles and drinks available if you want.
I would highly recommend this attraction, give it a go you wont be disappointed.
Written 12 January 2021
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RTuckerThompson
We are delighted you enjoyed your sail with us, a bit of wind is a great help! Thank you for your recommendation, we'll pass it on the our crew.
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Greenynz
9 contributions
Tall ship sailing
Jan 2021 • Couples
Absolutely fabulous. Excellent value . Non profit organisation With proceeds used for education of northland children sailing experience team building .
We experienced great sailing with all sails used climbed up mast and bow sprit.
Cheese and crackers etc provided .
Crew were amazing well done!
Written 4 January 2021
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RTuckerThompson
Kia ora and thank your taking time to write a review. Our crew will appreciate your compliments!
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nicmack
NZ195 contributions
Amazing ship, crew, views and service
This a must do experience on a beautiful ship with a friendly crew! The fruit and cheese platter was divine too. I can't wait to go back and do a full day trip
Written 4 January 2021
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RTuckerThompson
Kia ora and we're delighted that you enjoyed your short sail with us. We look forward to seeing you back again for our full day sail.
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Kerry
1 contribution
Fantastic Summers Evening
A truly wonderful way to spend the evening. Fantastic views, climb the rigging and take the wheel. Then nibbles and a glass of wine, perfect loved it.
Written 1 January 2021
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RTuckerThompson
Kia ora and thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed our short sundowner sail and appreciate you sailing with u.
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Arthur
3 contributions
Awesome
Nov 2020 • Solo
Climb the rigging is so much fun, captain is funny as well, nice cruise, so relaxing, definitely recommended
Written 20 November 2020
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RTuckerThompson
Kia ora, thanks for your kind words. We appreciate you sailing with us!
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Pete & Carole
NZ and London89 contributions
Perfect way to spend a summer's afternoon
Jan 2020
We've done the day cruise before so knew what to expect. It's a lovely old ship and a totally different experience from the many other, modern vessel cruises available in the Bay of Islands. Participation is encouraged and my husband leapt at the chance to sit up on the bowsprit, and climb the rope ladder to help unfurl the sails. My participation involved watching and taking photos while enjoying a glass of wine. A plate of hors d'oeuvre was passed around and shared. As it happened to be a very calm afternoon, we drifted peacefully around the various islands and bays. Lovely friendly crew and just the right number of passengers to get to chat to everyone. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.
Written 31 January 2020
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RTuckerThompson
Kia ora and thank you for taking the time to write your feedback and even more importantly thank you for coming back for another sail with us. We appreciate your support and are delighted you enjoyed yourselves. Mauri ora.
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Linda R
Sandhurst, UK18 contributions
Fabulous day out
Jan 2020 • Couples
We joined Captain Wayne and crew aboard the R Tucker Thomson for a day trip around the Bay of Islands in NZ. The crew were welcoming and friendly and happy to let the land lubbers help out with ropes, steering and general nautical activities. Swimming off the boat while it was moored by one of the islands was delightful. Lunch was tasty and well served and drinks were available at reasonable prices. Altogether a fantastic day - I wish I could go again tomorrow.
Written 26 January 2020
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RTuckerThompson
Kia ora and many thanks for your feedback about your sail with us. We're glad you enjoyed your day and would love to welcome you back again sometime. We appreciate your support, mauri ora!
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Tara R
3 contributions
Wonderful day Trip
Dec 2019
My family had such an amazing time on the ship. The crew were helpful and welcoming. The history of the ship is interesting. Highly recommended!
Written 26 January 2020
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Thank you for the wonderful feedback, our crew love sharing the ship and Bay with visitors!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Blessington Lak... G
ireland5 contributions
FUN
Jan 2020
Fantastic oppurtunity to go on a tall ship, the crew were great fun ,the boat is beautiful,great trip all round
Written 26 January 2020
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RTuckerThompson
Kia ora, we are glad you had fun on board, our hope is that you have a great time.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Phil R
Phil R
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nice sunny day
Went with a group of school kids on a outing, great crew, nice lunch and kids loved climbing the rigging and jumpin
SueW238
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Terrific Tucker
A lovely day shared with Whanau. Sailing on the beautiful R.Tucker Thompson. Recommend as a must do in Russell.
KevinD2135
KevinD2135
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Absolute Must Do
A day out on the R Tucker Tompson was awesome. The crew, lead by Captain Steve made the day fun and informative. Al
Pinotfi
Pinotfi
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Fun ... a great experience
Fantastic day out with a fun, friendly and informative crew. We had a go helping hoist the sails, climb rigging a
Linda W
Linda W
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Fantastic
I went on this cruise as a single person and enjoyed every minute. Interaction was encouraged but I diidn’t feel I
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I498VUrobinp
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A Grand Day at Sea
We left the wharf at Russell at 10.00am on R Tucker Thompson, an 85-foot gaff rigged topsail schooner, in a strong
MichaelNCP
MichaelNCP
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Idyllic and well run cruise
Well organised and very friendly, professional sailing cruise on a two masted classic small sailing vessel. Comment
DebbieK1749
DebbieK1749
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Fantastic experience
This was one of the best experiences and I would highly recommend it for everyone. The staff were friendly and so w
stephm128
stephm128
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Great sailing
Our fourth trip on Tucker and just as special as the very first more than 10 years ago. She is an awesome ship with
InternationalMumma
InternationalMumma
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Fantastic day on the water
A marvellous day. In awe of the skilful and friendly crew (Skipper Ben, ably assisted by Jess, Michelle and Abby) w
MnMsNZ99
MnMsNZ99
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Highlight of our trip
Wow... this trip is amazing. We had the best time, the ship was beautiful, Captain Ben and his all female crew were
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J1220MTmatthewh
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We would do it again and again! Awesome!
An exceptional experience and something we would do again we did a road trip from Christchurch to Northland and thi
Brent N
Brent N
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Better than excellent
Unbelievably fabulous day. Welcoming crew, could do as much or as little as you liked to help with the rigging etc.
262DavidG
262DavidG
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Sunset cruise - highly recommended.
We took the sunset cruise with appx 25 passengers. The crew were friendly, knowledgeable and organised. They ser
Karaskar
Karaskar
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THE Most amazing day out!
Our family trip on the R Tucker Thompson was possibly the most fantastic thing we did all year! The crew are wonder
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